From 2020, competitions administered by Pipe Bands Queensland (Warwick, Redlands, BBC, and Yandina) have adhered to a new scoring system, which has been used by highland dancing competitions for many years.

This new approach rewards excellence. There are only three judges in each circle – piping, drumming, and ensemble (dress is still judged, but does not contribute to points).

The new system is based on placings from 1–6 (no points for any placing lower than 6), however it now applies a wider range of points for different placings, meaning for example that if you were to receive two firsts and no placing from three judges, you would still beat someone who received three seconds.

Pipe Bands Queensland scoring matrix

Selection of judges

Pipe Bands Queensland invites some prominent, high-level players that aren’t qualified in the Pipe Bands Australia system as judges to judge our competitions.

Pipe Bands Australia’s rules allow for the use of people without Advance Certificates, so this operates within the national rules for competitions.

This offers several benefits to promoters and bands – it reduces the cost of competitions for promoters, and increases the variety of feedback provided to bands to assist them with continuous musical improvement.

The Queensland State Championships (usually held during The Gathering in Ipswich in May) only uses PBA Qualified Judges.

For a full list of Rules that apply to competitions administered by Pipe Bands Queensland, visit our Rules page.